Teen's Phone Call Helps Rescue Six On Drugs
May. 13, 1986
LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (AP) _ A telephone call that a teen-ager thought was going to be a friendly chat turned into a life-saving mission, authorities say.
Andrea Lamerand, 15, was credited with helping save six youths who were found sprawled among liquor and pills in a vacation home they had entered in northern Wisconsin near the Michigan border.
A friend had telephoned Miss Lamerand from the home to say she was taking drugs to die.
''The way she was talking, her speech was slurred, and I was scared,'' Miss Lamerand said Monday in a telephone interview from her high school in Hurley. ''I just didn't want her to die.''
Miss Lamerand said she received the call from her friend about 10 p.m. Friday and kept her talking for more than an hour. She said her mother, Deanna, ran across the street to telephone for an ambulance.
Miss Lamerand said she remembered what to do in such a situation from reading pamphlets and watching television. She talked with her friend about how they met last year at a summer school program and managed to get her friend to give the telephone number of the residence, which her mother relayed to police.
''There were a lot of things going through my mind,'' Miss Lamerand said. ''I think kids should be more informed about what to do when their friends are committing suicide. We've never had any classes on this.''
Miss Lamerand said she stayed on the phone until ambulances arrived, and could hear the ambulance drivers slapping the youths to wake them before an attendant hung up the phone.
Miss Lamerand said her friend had never talked of suicide before.
All but one of the six youths have been released from Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. Hospital officials would not give the condition of the sixth youth.
Vilas County authorities declined to release names or ages of the youths or say what kinds of drugs they were using.
''Without Andrea's help, something far more serious could have come out of this,'' an unidentified sheriff's official told The Ironwood, Mich. Daily Globe.